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COALITION FORCES STRIKE MILITARY MOBILE RADAR

October 3, 2002

Release 02-10-02

MACDILL AFB, FL -- In response to Iraqi hostile acts against Coalition aircraft monitoring the Southern No-Fly Zone, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons today to strike an Iraqi air defense sector headquarters and integrated operations center near Tallil, approximately 160 miles southeast of Baghdad, at 4:30 a.m. EDT.

Target battle damage assessment is ongoing.

Coalition strikes in the No-Fly Zones are executed as a self-defense measure in response to Iraqi hostile threats and acts against Coalition forces and their aircraft. Today's strike came after Iraq air defenses fired anti-aircraft artillery and surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) at Coalition aircraft in the Southern No-Fly Zone. The last Coalition strike in the Southern No-Fly Zone was against a military mobile radar near Al Kut on October 1, 2002.

Coalition aircraft never target civilian populations or infrastructure and go to painstaking lengths to avoid injury to civilians and damage to civilian facilities.



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